Sunday, 13 January 2019

Apps & electronic resources drop-in session Wednesday 23rd January

Did you know the library has a number of different free apps available to give you easy access to lots of our electronic content?

Do you want to know more about accessing electronic journals, books or databases? Have you had problems with registering for an OpenAthens password? We can help.

The library is holding an all day drop-in session on Wednesday the 23rd of January, at the Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital.

Come along and find out about:
One of our professional librarians will be available all day and you can also bring along any problems or questions you may have about anything to do with making the best use of our electronic resources (or indeed anything else library-related).

There will also be refreshments available and a few freebies for you to take away too.

If you have any questions please contact the Library. We'd be 'appy to see you on the 23rd (sorry)...

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

BrowZine: Trial of a new simple way to access the journals you need

The Library is having a trial of BrowZine, which is a new way to access all our full text journal content from a simple interface or by using the app. 

Browzine is a smart, easy-to-use service which enables you to:
  • Browse our journal subscriptions to see what titles we hold in your specialty / areas of interest 
  • Browse table of contents of our journals and link straight through to the full text of most articles
  • Bookmark your favourite journals and receive alerts on your mobile device when new articles are published in that journal
If you need access to information on the go, the Browzine app is available for Android phones and tablets, the Kindle Fire (Amazon) and iOS (Apple) for iPhones and iPads.


If you don't want to use an app, you can also access Browzine through any computer.


The trial is available until the end of January and we would love to have your feedback.

Please just answer three quick questions to help us understand if we should consider purchasing Browzine  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VNC3V2J



Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Web site of the month: Almost a Doctor

Almost a Doctor is a free UK site aimed at medical students, junior doctors and other health professionals to help you (as the site says) "learn about stuff".




The site contains revision notes, flashcards, mind maps as well as  an online medical encyclopaedia which you can browse by category. 

The content of the site is written by both health professionals and students, but it is always reviewed by a doctor before publication to ensure all the content is accurate and of good quality.

Almost a Doctor is a really useful resource and highly recommended.


Monday, 17 December 2018

Christmas opening at the libraries

All of the libraries will be open up to Friday the 24th of December.



Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Thursday the 27th until Monday the 31st of December as usual, and then will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will be closed after Friday the 31st of December for the Christmas period and will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of January. Please contact one of the other libraries if you require any help during this period.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be staffed from Thursday the 27th until Monday the 31st of December as usual, and then will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of January..

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal throughout the Christmas period at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Friday, 14 December 2018

What's new on Clinical Key - new journal, clinical overviews and books added



Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in November:
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • HIV infection in children
  • Herpes encephalitis
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Leprosy
  • Lung cancer (small cell)
  • Normocytic anemia
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Paraphimosis
  • Pericarditis
  • Phimosis

Journal

Books

Elsevier have also added lots of new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Library training programme 2019- now with new venues!

Need to find information to support your clinical practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the supporting evidence? Starting a course but can't find the study material? Found the evidence but unsure what it means? Going through nursing re-validation? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2019 are now available on the Library's web page.

Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

They are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find, evaluate and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

We also added two new venues for 2019, so as well as Berrywood and Northampton General Hospitals, you will also be able to access our training at Danetre Hospital in Daventry and St Mary's Hospital in Kettering.

So what do we offer?

Tailored sessions

  • If you can't make one of our workshops we can arrange a one-to-one session with you, either at one of the libraries or in your place of work if it is suitable.
  • We can created a tailored session for your team or department and deliver it in any suitable location. From a 10 minute update on the library service to a full three hour training session, just let us know what you need.

Our scheduled workshops


  • The PreCourse Course
    If you are returning to study, or starting a formal academic programme for the first time, our PreCourse Course may be just what you need. This three hour workshop is designed to give you the information skills you need to make you studies that bit easier. The session cover things like finding the material on your reading lists, using databases and how to identify good quality information. It also covers searching for evidence and guidelines and how to access electronic journals. Everything you should need to get you started.
  • Literature Searching
    If you need to access primary research, our literature searching course may be the answer.  This will enable you to effectively search a number of databases such as Medline, HMIC (healthcare management) or the British Nursing Index through the NHS's HDAS interface. We'll show you how to search, save your results and even access full text journal articles, straight from the databases.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
    Once you have found the evidence, you need to know what it means and if you can rely on it, and that is where our critical appraisal skills sessions come in.Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal workshop will take you through the statistics, terminology and process, while our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a research article in a group facilitated by one of our librarians.
  • Evidence into Practice
    If you are a nurse undergoing revalidation, try our Evidence into Practice course. It offers the opportunity to refresh (or learn) your skills in searching for the latest evidence, while finding information that is relevant to your day to day work.Come to the course with a question related to your scope of practice and go away not only with updated skills, but also with evidence to feed back in to your department. You will log 2 hours and 30 minutes of CPD time and at the end of the session will complete one of the 5 reflective accounts required by the NMC for revalidation, based on what you have learned.
If you have any questions or want to book a place on one of our workshops, you can find all the available dates and venues online or you can contact us for more information.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Leisure reading - what would you like to read for fun?

The Library Service has been very fortunate to have succeeded in a bid to Greenheart, the charitable fund for some funding to set up a leisure reading collection.

Although we already have a small collection of fiction titles (mainly donated by library staff), we would like to know what you would like to read.

What would make you want to borrow a book?

The latest Booker nominee? A thriller? Sci fi? Romance? The classics? Maybe gardening is more your thing? Hobbies and crafts? Military history?

Whatever it might be that takes your literary fancy, please take a few minutes to complete our short survey (just 6 questions) on what you would like to see in our new leisure collection.

You can find it here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M323L9T 

Don't be shy, give us a recommendation or two and you may well find them in the library and ready for you to borrow.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

What's new on Clinical Key - new journal, clinical overviews and books added




Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in November:
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bladder and urethral injury
  • Galactorrhea
  • Tinea infections

Books

Elsevier have also added lots of new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Richmond Library temporary closure 16th - 22nd of November

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be closing at 1:00 pm on Friday the 16th of November until Thursday the 22nd.

This is to allow for the replacement of the carpet in a large section of the library.

During this time the library will be completely closed (including out of hours access) to all staff.

Requests for journal articles and other items can still be made during the closed period by email and we will do our best to provide them.

We apologise for the inevitable inconvenience, but parts of the flooring are getting very worn and will soon present a health and safety issue if they are not replaced now.

Both Berrywood and Isebrook libraries will remain open as normal during this period.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Disruption to computer access Tuesday the 6th & Wednesday 7th of November at the Richmond Library

We are having some essential maintenance carried out on our computers on Tuesday the 6th and Wednesday the 7th of November at the Richmond Library.

There will inevitably be some disruption and it is possible we will be asking users to move computers from time to time as the work proceeds.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Web site(s) of the month: Medical terminology

Medical terminology can be highly confusing, with lots of technical terms, abbreviations and jargon (sometimes with the same term meaning different things).

Even for health professionals this can sometimes prove difficult.

To try and help to navigate through this maze, here are a selection of web sites to help explain what the terms mean.

Acronym Buster https://www.nhsconfed.org/acronym-buster
Produced by the NHS Confederation, this searchable A-Z list will give you the meaning of most of the acronyms used in the NHS

Care and Support Jargon Buster
www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Browse/Informationandadvice/CareandSupportJargonBuster/
An A-Z directory of the most commonly used words and phrases in health and social care translated into plain English by TLAP

An online dictionary of medical terms covering over 16000 items of medical terminology

Great Ormond Street Hospital Health Dictionary www.gosh.nhs.uk/children/about-your-condition/health-dictionary/health-dictionary
A simple A-Z list of medical terms

Mondofacto Medical Dictionary www.mondofacto.com/dictionary/medical.html
A UK based free online medical dictionary

Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial https://medlineplus.gov/medicalwords.html
A tutorial from the National Library of Medicine which teaches you about medical words. You'll learn about how to put together parts of medical words. You'll also find quizzes to see what you've learned.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Web site of the month: Stoptober


The Stoptober website is full of information and resources to aiming to give smokers the best possible chance of quitting.

By answering a few simple questions, the site will help you develop a personal quitting plan with tailored resources to help you succeed.

It also features information on aids to help you stop smoking, including nicotine replacement and electronic cigarettes as well as technological solutions like the Stoptober App, a Facebook community Messenger chat, daily support by email, and links to local face-to-face support.

The Stoptober site is a really useful site for anyone thinking of quitting. Given that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stay a nonsmoker, Stoptober is the perfect opportunity to start stopping for good...

Health professionals can also find all the latest campaign materials for Stoptober on the Public Health England Campaign Resources site.